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Evaluation of Indiana's Criminal Code Reform

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly introduced House Enrolled Act 1006, an act to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure. The provisions were officially set and codified as Public Law 158 on July 1, 2014. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) and the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) were tasked to annually evaluate the effects of the criminal code reform on the criminal justice system. This report represents the eighth annual evaluation of House Enrolled Act 1006.

To determine the effects of the criminal code reform on courts, prisons, jails, and other community-based alternatives to incarceration, the data was obtained from Indiana Court Technology and the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). Data gathered from Court Technology demonstrates new filings, abstract of judgments (summary of a court’s judgment for convicted felony offenders), and sentence placements (jail, probation, IDOC, community corrections, or some combination thereof), as well as information about probation and problem-solving courts. Data gathered from the IDOC outlines admissions and releases (including parole, probation, and the community transition program), facilities capacity, and recidivism, as well as information about jail populations, and programs.

Ultimately, the goal is to shed light on the fluctuations that have occurred within the criminal justice landscape, in relationship to the reforms enacted through HEA 1006, to help guide decision makers and stakeholders as they evaluate the law’s effectiveness and discuss legislation moving forward.

Download the 2022 report

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ICJI has partnered with multiple agencies to create an interactive data visualization to help the public better understand the changes under HEA 1006.

Click on the data elements below to filter the information. For descriptions of each data area, click here.

  • Courts

    Data for the Indiana Court Technology Data was provided by the Office of Judicial Administration, Court Technology. The dashboards show new criminal filings, abstract of judgments, sentence modifications (requests to modify sentence), placement (sentencing) and methods of completion for probation.  The data may be filtered by felony level for new filings, abstract of judgment and placements.  Pre-1006 felony class levels were A – D, Felony level A is the most serious. Beginning July 1, 2014, felony class levels were changed to 1 – 6, Felony 1 is the most serious.

  • IDOC

    Data in this dashboard was provided by the Indiana Department of Correction’s Data Science and Analytics Department which overviews admissions, releases, and utilization rates of facilities.

  • Jail

    Data for the Jail Capacity visualization was provided by the Indiana Department of Correction’s Annual Jail Inspection Reports. County jail rate of capacity was calculated by the number of inmates housed on the day of the inspection divided by the number of operational beds. Inspections are conducted on an annual basis. The capacity rate is a one-day snapshot and not based on average daily populations.

  • Juvenile Cases in Adult Court

    This dashboard displays juvenile cases that are under adult court jurisdiction.  There are two possible channels for a juvenile to be under the jurisdiction of an adult court: lack of jurisdiction (direct file) and waiver of jurisdiction (waiver).  Juvenile courts lack jurisdiction over individuals at least 16 years old who have committed certain felonies as listed in IC 31-30-1-4.  For acts committed under IC 31-30-3-2 through IC 31-30-3-6, juvenile courts may waive jurisdiction to an adult court that would have jurisdiction if the act had been committed by an adult.  Data was provided by the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council for all counties using the Indiana Prosecutor Case Management System (“INPCMS”).

    Data represent the number of cases; some individuals have multiple cases in adult court.  Data reported begins with the year 2012, not all counties were using INPCMS at that time. As counties were added to INPCMS, county data was included.  Therefore, some counties will not have data for all years.  As of December 31, 2019, all counties, except Allen use INPCMS.  “Weapon” offenses include the following crimes: dangerous possession of a firearm; carrying a handgun without a license; criminal recklessness with a weapon; possession of a weapon on school property; alteration of a handgun/firearm; unlawful possession of a firearm and pointing a firearm.  “Other” offenses include the following crimes: arson; criminal recklessness; criminal gang activity; criminal mischief; criminal trespass; escape; failure to appear; fraud/forgery; intimidation; neglect of a dependent; OWI; and resisting law enforcement.

  • Problem-Solving Courts

    The Problem-Solving Courts in Indiana Dashboard was populated by data obtained from the Indiana Office of Court Services. This dashboard outlines the number of certified problem-solving courts disaggregated by type (e.g., Adult Drug Court, Veteran’s Court) and county.

  • Forensic Mental Health and Addiction Programming

    Data for the Substance Use Counseling Programs visualization was derived from the Indiana Department of Correction’s Annual Jail Inspection Reports and provides information on the number of jails that offer substance use counseling programs to inmates. Data for the Jail Treatment Funding Requested visualization was derived from direct communications with the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) and from JRAC’s grants website. This visualization shows the amount of funding requested to provide mental health and substance use treatment to those in jail. The amount of funding requested is not the same as the amount awarded. Data for the Recovery Works Clients and Dollars Spent visualization was also derived from JRAC, and it shows the number of new clients enrolled for the fiscal year as well as the amount spent on Recovery Works programming. Data for the Mental Health & Addiction Program Utilization visualization was derived from data requests from the Indiana Department of Correction. This visualization shows the number of people incarcerated in prison in Indiana over the past state fiscal year that are utilizing mental health and addiction programs.

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